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The Colour Out of Darkness (Cemetery Dance Novella Series, #17)
In his classic story "The Call of Cthulhu" H.P. Lovecraft wrote: "The cult would never die till the stars came right again, and the secret priests would take great Cthulhu from His tomb to revive His subjects and resume His rule of earth. The time would be easy to know, for then mankind would have become as the Great Old Ones; free and wild and beyond good and evil, with l ...more
Hardcover, 148 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Cemetery Dance Publications
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Pelan's novella has a lot of familiar elements that Lovecraft fans will enjoy, and has added his own spin with a refreshing backstory that ties together history's real life mass murderers to the Great Old Ones. The main story moves a little too quickly for my taste and loses some needed atmosphere and character development, but it's still a lot of fun with plentiful helpings of sex, violence, gore, and of course, tentacles. It's a solid entry in Cemetery Dance's continuing novella series.
The Colour Out of Darkness (2006) by John Pelan is a riff on Lovecraft, part of a series of novellas published by Cemetery Dance (this is number 17, but what the other titles might be I cannot say—there are no mentions of any of them in this book). Basically, this is a tale of the resurgence of the Old Ones among modern Seattle’s disaffected youth, with an extra helping of sexually graphic torture-porn prose. It’s better written than I expected, but it is structured awkwardly, and the plotting i ...more
The Colour Out of Darkness by John Pelan is a novella in the Cemetery Dance series, # 17 I believe. Cemetery Dance is a well respected small press that regularly publishes a horror magazine that frequently features (but is not dedicated to) Lovecraftian fiction (it also is a small press that refuses to adhere to any deadlines, but that's another story). I have never read any of the other novellas in the series as I don't think any of them have been related to the Cthulhu mythos, however the high ...more